When the call went out for a doctor on board, the US surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight.
Flight crew asked the cabin if there were any doctors on board to assist with a medical emergency.
The passenger had lost consciousness before the plane took off. Adams and the nurses helped the passenger until an ambulance arrived.
Delta said in a statement that the incident took place on Flight 1827, which was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Atlanta. Adams telephoned the passenger's spouse to explain the situation and helped escort the individual off the plane to medical personnel waiting at the gate.
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Dr. Adams, a Maryland native, has bachelor's degrees in both biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.
Delta Air Lines has reached out to thank him for volunteering his services.
Adams, MD, MPH, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence on September 5, 2017.
Among the expressions of congratulatory appreciation for the doctor was Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Fortunately, the U.S. Surgeon General was on board and was able to assist the flight crew with the patient.